Greetings on a spring-like day in Maine! There’s still a little snow on the ground in shady places, but we’re moving in the right direction in time for Easter weekend! Four of us are gearing up for a trip to Cleveland and Ann Arbor later this month; then we’re in Rochester NH for a special tribute show; and then it’s on to May…the gateway month to outdoor concert season in New England. Bring it on!
It feels like we lose titans of music all too regularly these days…the “In Memoriam” special segments at the end of award shows are full of legends….some well-known, others less-known but well-loved by fans and friends.
Locally, another fine guitar player / musician has passed. And although we didn't know each other, I feel a sense of brotherly loss, akin to what I'm guessing a Firefighter or Police Person feels. Most of the musicians that I've ever met, if not all, have a generous and giving sense of respect for each other, each others' families and for the goals we all set out to achieve musically. Even though many music styles can be quite different and the venues can be small, quaint or cavernous and large, we are all trying our best to entertain and move people, while audibly painting with different messages, tones, colors and brush strokes.
When I picture in my mind, the instrument, left behind, from a musician that has passed on, to me, it remains like the "Loyal Dog", missing its friend and master. I then find comfort knowing that this was obviously a musician who inspired people in an audience, or quite probably a friend, or relative, niece or nephew, through his style of playing - and without a doubt, there'll be a young kid who picks up his instrument, feeling the talent of the dedicated soul who held it many times before... therefore, giving "rebirth" to the commitment and sense of musicianship buried in its patina, embedded for years, by its original caretaker, to be revealed once again, with similar, but no too distant finger-moves on the same fretboard. Rest In Peace, Ron. Thanks for inspiring me today.
Thank YOU for reading and following along and for your support of independent music. April shows follow below! Enjoy the season!
Your friend in music,
PS - Tim Byrne has captured thousands of smiles with his camera in my hometown of Scarborough, Maine, especially during the Community Chamber's Summer Concerts in the Park. Thanks Tim!
Upcoming April Show Notes (please visit www.doncampbellmusic.com for additional listings)
Wednesday, April 19 - TRIO Frog & Turtle, Westbrook, ME- special fundraiser for My Place Teen Center. 8-course beer dinner with Mason & Left Hand Brewery and Music! Ticket info: www.thefrogandturtle.com
Thursday, April 27 - Four-piece performs An Evening of Dan Fogelberg Music - Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland OH - 7:30 pm Tickets/info: www.musicboxcle.com
Friday, April 28 - Four-piece performs An Evening of Dan Fogelberg Music - Green Wood Coffee House concert series, Ann Arbor MI - 8 pm Tickets/info: www.greenwoodcoffeehouse.org
Saturday, April 29 - Four-piece performs An Evening of ’70’s Singer-Songwriters Music - The Castle on Charles, Rochester NH 7:30 pm Tickets/info: www.castlenh.com
FYI - The Six-Piece Band will be back at Jonathan’s of Ogunquit on Saturday, October 21st for An Evening of Dan Fogelberg Music. Tickets on sale now! 8 pm. www.jonathansogunquit.com
Summer cruises on Casco Bay Lines on sale now! 7-10 pm 21+ events www.cascobaylines.com
Thursday, July 13th
Thursday, August 10th
Saturday, September 9th
Special Independence Day show! On July 4th, join us for a special edition of the Band's Veterans Appreciation show at the Seaside Pavilion in Old Orchard Beach, Maine! www.seasidepavilion.org
Don Campbell Music
PO Box 1071
Portland, ME 04104